🚨ATTENTION🚨 husbands, daughters, sons, and all who have a wonderful Mom in your life, Mother's Day is quickly approaching — Sunday May 14 to be exact. If you want to show your leading lady how much you love and adore her this year, you’ve come to the right place. Forgo your typical gifts and treat mom to the weekend getaway she deserves — all based on her personal interests. Whether she’s an adventure lover or a spa enthusiast, we’ve rounded up four destinations to put on your radar. We've done all the heavy lifting, so easily pick from our list of hotels, restaurants and activities, and book your trip to claim the title of favorite spouse or child this year. You can thank us later.
FOR THE BEACHY MOM: LOS ANGELES
Sometimes the best Mother’s Day getaway is the one that’s easiest for mom — i.e. close to home. If the beach is her happy place, book a weekend staycation in Malibu or Santa Monica, or down south in Hermosa Beach or Palos Verdes.
Beach House in Hermosa Beach ($399+/night)
The Surfrider in Malibu ($399+/night)
Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes ($662+/night)
Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica ($670+/night)
EAT + DRINK
Rlya in Hermosa Beach: Japanese-Taiwanese cuisine
Roof Deck Bar & Restaurant at The Surfrider in Malibu: Seasonal & locally sourced eats
Nelson’s at Terranea in Palos Verdes: Casual California fare
Calabra in Santa Monica: Mediterranean meets California cuisine
What do Malibu, Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach and Palos Verdes all have in common? Incredible beaches. Put a smile on mom’s face by spending a day in the sand — in front of your hotel, no less — followed by a delicious meal at any of SBP’s top neighborhood recs.
Photo credit: Surfrider, Open Table, Terranea, Forbes Travel Guide
FOR THE FOODIE MOM: SANTA BARBARA
For the food and wine enthusiast in your life, look no further than Santa Barbara. Just two hours away from LA, this culinary and viticulture mecca is the perfect locale to wine and dine mom this Mother’s Day.
El Encanto ($764+/night)
Rosewood Miramar Beach ($1,592+/night)
EAT + DRINK
The Lark: Seasonal & artisanal shared plates
Honor Bar: New American eats, cocktails & wine
Loquita: Farm-fresh Spanish tapas & craft cocktails
Lucky’s Steakhouse: Steak, seafood & martinis
Start your morning with a hike to Inspiration Point, grab lunch at Loquita in the Funk Zone, pop into Melville for an afternoon wine tasting, and end your day with dinner and drinks at Lucky’s in Montecito.
Photo credit: LA Times, Loquita, Kiwi Collection, The Lark, Palisociety
FOR THE ADVENTUROUS MOM: CARMEL
If you have an adventure-lover in your life, Carmel is sure to tick every box this Mother’s Day. Make the drive up north to pursue a weekend of hiking and exploring while enjoying all of the finer things in life (like award-winning cuisine and cocktails).
Villa Mara ($525+/night)
L’Auberge Carmel ($550+/night)
La Playa Carmel ($748+/night)
Carmel Valley Ranch ($1,432+/night)
EAT + DRINK
La Bicyclette: Cozy French-Italian fare
Aubergine at L’Auberge: Innovative New American cuisine
Cultura Comida y Bebida: Adventurous snacks & shareable Mexican mains
La Balena: Artisanal Italian dishes & wines
The adventurous mom deserves a breathtaking view. From the Point Lobos Loop Trail to Soberanes Point and Whale Peak in Garrapata State Park, there’s no shortage of stunning outlooks in Carmel. Afterward, indulge in delicious eats and drinks in the fairytale world that is downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Photo credit: SB Independent, L'Auberge, Carmel Valley Ranch, La Bicyclette
FOR THE SPA-LOVING MOM: OJAI
All moms deserve some R&R on their big day. About an hour and half from LA, Ojai is the ultimate spa destination for self-care-loving ladies who want to rest and rejuvenate this Mother’s Day — and eat and drink while they’re at it.
Blue Iguana Inn ($269+/night)
Ojai Rancho Inn ($370+/night)
Capri Hotel ($400+/night)
Ojai Valley Inn ($674+/night, 3-night minimum stay)
EAT + DRINK
Farmer & the Cook: Organic market & bohemian cafe
Pinyon: Wood-fired pizzeria, bakery & natural wine shop
Rory’s Place: Live fire cooking, charcuterie, natural wines & raw bar
Ojai Rotie: Chef- and farmer-driven French-Lebanese cuisine
A sanctuary of relaxation, Ojai is brimming with many of the best spas in California, so go ahead and treat mom to a massage, facial or body scrub at any of these top hotspots: Spa at Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai + Fox, Spa at the Lavender Inn and Body Essentials of Ojai.
Photo credit: Telegraph, SB Mag, Booking.com, AFAR